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Chicken Whisperer to Give Away 500 Baby Chicks in Atlanta

By Hank Will, Editor-in-Chief


Tags: chickens, poultry, farms,

Hank Will and Mulefoot piglet.Andy G. Schneider, the national radio personality known as the Chicken Whisperer plans to give away 500 baby chicks on Saturday, April 11th starting at 8:00 AM at the Greenwoods on Green Street restaurant in Roswell, Georgia, located at 1087 Green Street 30075. The Chicken Whisperer’s plan is to promote the keeping of backyard poultry and to get folks thinking about growing more of their own food with this “Chicken Stimulus Package.”

Schneider, host of the nationally broadcast radio show Backyard Poultry with the Chicken Whisperer, and his station manager at Radio Sandy Springs came up with the idea after the city of Roswell went after one of its citizens for keeping pet chickens in his backyard. According to Schneider, the big chicken give away has the support of citizens and former lawmakers alike.

Rasing your own chickens is rewarding.

All baby chicks have been donated by hatcheries across America.  Only two chicks will be given away to each family and they will come with a starter bag of feed, care instructions, and a map to North Fulton Feed and Seed in Alpharetta where they can pick up additional supplies. “This is our very own small economic stimulus package for the people of Atlanta,” the Chicken Whisperer says. “In the middle of layoffs, foreclosures, and a poor economy we want to teach people how to become a little more self-sufficient, and keeping backyard pet poultry is a good start.”

 As a huge fan of backyard poultry, I am pleased to see that the Chicken Whisperer has been able to put the chicken feed right where the municipal beak is … so-to-speak. With any luck at all, the Chicken Stimulus Package will stimulate local lawmakers to rethink the whole topic of backyard poultry in the Atlanta metropolitan area. Folks, it’s time to take back your right to produce clean safe food … and to keep chickens as pets, of course.


Hank Will raises hair sheep, heritage cattle and many varieties of open-pollinated corn with his wife, Karen, on their rural Osage County, Kansas farm. His home life is a perfect complement to his professional life as editor in chief at GRIT and Capper's Farmer magazines. Connect with him on .

hassan ali
2/25/2011 6:42:17 PM

Hi i would like to have 1 female Ameraucana chicken and 1 Barred Rock male chicken i am really experienced with chickens and all animals i've had alot of pets over the years i had a hamster, fish, hens and roosters and i currently have two pet birds called budgies please i would really appreciate 2 chickens. My email is hassan89@live.ca thanks alot.


oledihard
7/4/2009 6:55:03 PM

I bought 6 Ameraucana chicks this March and just wanted to comment on how much tamer, smart, tamer more inquisative they are then my Silver Laced Wyandottes. These beared, absolutely beautiful birds are huge. They seem to enjoy my grandchildrens company as well. I have yet to experience egg production, but so far have really enjoyed them as pets. Does anyone have more information on raising them? (Besides the usually internet info.)


golden k
6/27/2009 12:07:23 PM

I would like 25 pullets. My family and I have started a small, self-sufficient farm stead and have seen the "stimulus package" articles. I would love to have some of the pullets please. We are always in search of free yarn no one uses any more, used up brooder boxes that do not work and materials to use for quilting and other handmade stuff. Please send information. soft7callousedhands@yahoo.com


golden k
6/27/2009 12:06:30 PM

I would like 25 pullets. My family and I have started a small, self-sufficient farm stead and have seen the "stimulus package" articles. I would love to have some of the pullets please. We are always in search of free yarn no one uses any more, used up brooder boxes that do not work and materials to use for quilting and other handmade stuff. Please send information. soft7callousedhands@yahoo.com


anna_1
5/17/2009 9:25:12 PM

We are new baby chicken buyers, and later breeders, and do not know a thing how to start. Where do we sell all 100 eggs, and do we need government control to sell them-- to the folks? Also what do you dip the egg in, so it last longer fresh? Also we want to do only organic where do we buy the cheapest organic food? Also can the Government stop us from farming, we have no animal restrictions and live in a 4 Ackers farm land. We are no longer a free society Why is this government controlling our every aspect of survival?? Thanks for your kindness to encourage more people to farm. I do not like to wait till August to get my 100 clean leg Australorps, do you know where i can get them sooner? i live in Texas. Thanks friends. Anna


chicken whisperer
3/30/2009 1:06:24 PM

Yes, the 600 baby chicks have been sexed as pullets, and will include many breeds such as.. Barred Rock Rhode Island Red Silver Laced Wyandotte Black Australorp Ameraucana Thank you for your comments! Chicken Whisperer


esther
3/30/2009 8:36:42 AM

Any word whether the chicks will be sexed for hens or not? I probably couldn't get away with a crowing rooster in my neighborhood...


chicken whisperer
3/28/2009 10:39:47 PM

Thank you for your comments. We are doing everything we can to make sure all 500-baby chicks will get the best care possible. In the handout that every participant will receive there will be a baby chick care guide, list of area feed & seed stores, how to make a brooder, avian vet contact information, and numerous websites to obtain countless information on raising baby chicks. If available, my personal certified avian veterinarian will be there as well to answer any avian medical questions. We all had to start somewhere, and many of us had absolutely no idea how to raise baby chicks when we got started either, but now we have some of the most knowledgeable people in the state as members of our group. We all love our chickens, and would never do anything that would put any chicken in harms way. Please feel free to contact me if you have any further questions or concerns.


sandy_1
3/28/2009 4:44:37 PM

I just hope he is responsible enough to make sure the people he hands out these little chicks to know how to care for them... or he will just be condemning these little day old chicks to death.


robyn dolan
3/27/2009 10:38:53 AM

Now that's a stimulus package that makes sense!